Parvovirus stops dog adoptions at Clark County shelter

CLARK COUNTY — The Clark County Dog Shelter will not be adopting out dogs for the next two weeks due to a possible exposure to canine parvovirus.

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“The top priority at the Clark County Dog Shelter is always to ensure the health and well-being of the dogs we care for,” said Clark County Dog Warden Sandi Click. “The decision to halt adoptions is out of an abundance of caution. We have a protocol in place for incoming dogs during this time and wish to protect the dogs currently in our care from undue stress.”

The shelter will continue the redemption process by appointment during the 14-day period, which is used when dogs are brought in and the shelter works to reunite them with their owners.

Adoptions at the shelter are expected to resume on May 3.

The halt was called for after a dog recently adopted from the facility was diagnosed with parvovirus, which is a contagious disease that can affect all dogs, particularly unvaccinated dogs and puppies, the shelter said.

Currently, there are no dogs at the shelter affected by the virus.

The shelter said symptoms of parvovirus include lethargy, loss of appetite, bloating, fever, low body temperature, vomiting and severe or bloody diarrhea, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Health experts say canine parvovirus can’t be contracted by humans.